ARC Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin

becoming of noah shawI received this book for free from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Publication: November 7th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis: In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

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Waiting on Wednesday #3: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.


This week’s Waiting on Wednesday goes to a much-anticipated title, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton! I’m an enormous fan of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, and when I saw that Clayton was branching out into her own series, I was elated. Not only am I obsessed with debutantes, romanticized dark, dangerous cities, and superpowers, I’m also just a huge fan of Clayton. I know she’ll deliver a fantastic and complex novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on, but also a wonderfully diverse and necessary one too.


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Synopsis: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

We are back to Book Tag Sunday (at least for now!) I saw this tag from Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books, and loved all her choices so much I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring too! So without further ado:

1. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill! At one time, there was supposed to be a sequel which focused on the same events, but from Finn’s perspective. When I find out that was cancelled, I was absolutely heartbroken. All Our Yesterdays packs so much emotion and complexity not only into its plot, but in the unique way its characters are presented. To have seen that same treatment given to Finn would’ve been incredible, and it would’ve provided so much background for his character! He deserves to be fully fleshed out in another book, but that will only happen in my dreams.

2. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off Series

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The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! What this series really needs is a third book, but since that looks like it’ll never happen, I think a spin-off series focusing on Henry would be just as incredible. I don’t think his actions at the end of the second novel got the explanation they deserve, and I really want to see more of how he evolves! Also, I just simply adore these books and want way more of them in my life.

3. An Author Who Should Write More Books

April Genevieve Tucholke is, and always will be, my auto-buy author. Her books are so atmospheric, haunting, and complex, and I love seeing what convoluted plot she comes up with every time I pick up her novels. If she could release a book every single year, I would never, ever put them down.

4. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

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Maddie from Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire absolutely, 100% should’ve ended up with Julie during the first book. Though I haven’t read Rose Under Fire (and I never will), I found out that she ends up engaged to Julie’s brother. Not only does that not make sense, but it seems like a obvious attempt to try and distill the palpable romance and tension between Maddie and Julie and prove that they’re both straight, when everyone knows those two girls were in love. In my opinion, it’s just completely unfair.

5. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

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Tiny Pretty Things! It would be so incredible to see all those cutthroat ballerinas sabotaging each other on the big screen, right? It was absolutely made for the movies, and it’s a shame that it isn’t one. And it’s so diverse, too! It would’ve been such incredible representation and a take on the corruption within the ballet industry. Dangerous ballerina movies play well at the box office, too, and I can already picture how well-made this movie could be.

6. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Covers

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy had no reason to change their covers, but alas. The original covers were gorgeous and so crisp, and it seems like the new ones really sullied that beauty unnecessarily. Why, just why? There was no reason, at all, that these covers needed to change, but doesn’t that seem to be true of all Libba Bray novels?

7. Totally Should’ve Stopped At Book One

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This one seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Though I haven’t read the sequels, and I’m not sure I ever will, my highly reliable best friends have told me that the series goes downhill real quick. I thought the first book was good enough, but upon further reflection found that I actually didn’t like it as much as I originally thought. It left me with no real desire to continue the series, and I just don’t think it kept its momentum. Oops?


I’m not going to tag anyone this time around, but please feel free to take part in this if you see it from me and are interested! Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks? Let me know! Happy reading!

Review: The Merciless III: Origins of Evil by Danielle Vega

32510206Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Synopsis: Brooklyn knows that there’s no good without evil, no right without wrong. And when a helpless girl calls her teen helpline, whispering that someone is hurting her, Brooklyn knows that she needs to save her anonymous caller, even if it means doing something bad.

Her parents and friends assure her the call was probably a prank but Brooklyn has always had a tendency to take over, whether someone has asked for help or not.

She discovers the call came from Christ First Church and finds herself plunged into the cultish community of its youth group. She’s especially drawn to Gavin, the angelic yet tortured pastor’s son.

Torn between an unstoppable attraction to Gavin and her obsession with the truth, Brooklyn is forced to make a devastating choice to rid Christ Church of evil once and for all… . But the devil has plans for Brooklyn’s soul.

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ARC Review: The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace

the memory trees.jpegI received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. 

Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Publication: October 10, 2017

Note: This review is based off the ARC I received, I’m just a few days late in posting this review! The book has since been published.

Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism

Synopsis: Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world. 

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

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ARC Review: When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

33414246I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publication: September 12th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis: A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….

After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….

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Important Update!

Hi everyone! Sorry for disappearing for a bit without warning, but I wanted to give you all some important updates on our lives. Meg and I have moved to college in just this past week, and are both going through all the craziness of orientation, registering for classes, and adjusting to our new lives. As a result, we’ve both taken an impromptu step back from this blog. Once we have more of an idea of our routines and schedules, I promise we’ll be back to normal (and if a hiatus is necessary for us again, we’ll update accordingly.) For now, please bear with us! We love running this blog and connecting with all of you. Sharing our love of books with others is such a great joy, and we cherish the opportunities that we have. Thank you all for understanding, and if you wanna keep up to date with us, you can find all our personal social media in our links tab!

ARC Review: The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

devils you knowI received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Publication: October 3rd, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Synopsis: Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

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Discussion: The Intersection of Sexuality and Villainy

Hi everyone! I’ve been thinking about starting some discussion posts for a while, and decided to start off with a topic that’s been on my mind for years. As we continue to push for diverse books, it’s always important to recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly, so that we can continue to improve and progress. In this case, I want to start off talking about sexuality and its direct or indirect relation to a character’s villainy.

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